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Vitis 'Phoenix' | Grape Plant

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Multi-purpose grape suitable for organic growers

Multi-purpose grape, suitable for eating, juicing and wine-making with relatively few seeds and good disease resistance - a good choice for organic gardeners.

Bred in Germany in the 1960s, ‘Phoenix’ is a mid-season hybrid (September ripening) famed for its resistance to powdery mildew and excellent quality fruit. The grapes are large, in densely packed bunches, with a light Muscat aroma and flavour.

The large leaves and good autumn colour, make ‘Phoenix’ an attractive feature. Suitable for both outdoor planting and growing under glass in a large pot in colder areas, where fruit will be more reliable. Properly pruned for fruit, the vine should reach no more than 2m (6’) x 2m (6’), however, untrained plants may reach up to 6m (19').

Variety Information

  • Location: Outdoor
  • Seedless: No
  • Color: White
  • Harvesting Period: August-September
  • Estimated Time to Best Yields: 2 years
  • Uses: Eating Fresh, Wine-Making
  • Supplied As: 4.5L Pot
  • Height on Arrival: 1m (3ft)
  • Planting Distance: 1.8-2.7m
  • Eventual Height & Spread: 10m x 10m (33 x 33ft)
It is important to regularly water your plant, at least bimonthly for two months. Grapes differ from other fruiting plants because their roots grow deep. Therefore it is important to give them a thorough watering. You should also ensure adequate spacing (1.8 - 2.7m) between vines, depending on the planting system you use. Please see below for our planting guidance:

  • Dig a hole that is twice the radius of your plant’s rootball.
  • Before planting, drench the rootball.
  • Place the pot in the planting hole, making sure that it sits no lower than an inch below the ground.
  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
  • Provide your plant with a generous watering.
  • Add mulch on top, (whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones). Try to keep the mulch from touching the stem.
Depending on their location and hours of sunlight, grape vines can be slightly more challenging to grow. Below we address some common query topics:

    • Hardiness: While grapes originate from the Mediterranean and Central Asia, they are hardy enough to survive the UK's winters. However, they can sometimes suffer from frost damage. To avoid this, try to plant them in a south-facing location.
    • Position: When it comes to grapes, planting in full sun is always recommended.
    • Soil: Grape vines benefit from deeper soils, but 3ft is still adequate. Although the fertility and granularity of the soil determines fruit size, a smaller size is less of an issue with these plants. This is because their primary use is often wine making, where smaller fruits are preferred.
  • More Information
    Is Collection/Mix? No
    Needs Ericaceous Compost? No